While many international manufacturers made big launches on the first day at the 86th Geneva Motor Show, the Indian representative for the show, Tata Motors, unveiled the Tiago hatchback, the Kite 5 (project name) compact sedan, and the sporty version of the Hexa MPV, called the Hexa Tuff. All of these vehicles were unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016 in the beginning of February.
The Tata Tiago hatchback, expected to be launched in India this month, is the first car to feature the new Impact design philosophy of the manufacturer, developed with inputs from Tata Motor's Pune, the UK and Italy design studios.
The Tiago will be powered by both petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2-litre three-cylinder Revotron petrol mill will churn out 83.8bhp and 114Nm of torque. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder Revotorq diesel engine will produce 69bhp and 140Nm of torque. Both will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, and the AMT gear option is expected to join the range later. Tata Tiago will get multi-drive, such as ECO, City and Sport, like the company's Zest sedan and Bolt hatchback.
The Kite 5 is the codename of the compact sedan sibling of the Tiago hatchback. The compact, expected to enter the Indian market in the second half of this year, comes with the same engines and specifications of the hatchback. The addition is the small boot that has been put together aesthetically.
Designed for "active lifestyle seekers," the Hexa Tuff is the rugged version of the Hexa MPV. The Tuff gets a black colour treatment on the exterior. Door claddings, dual-coloured wheel arches, body-colour-integrated spoiler and roof rails add to its sportiness, as do the machine-cut 19-inch alloy wheels with a dark shade. The Hexa Tuff will be powered by a 2.2-litre Varicor 400 diesel engine that develops 154bhp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm, mated to six-speed manual transmission and an optional six-speed automatic gearbox.